The Forest Café

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The Forest Café
141 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JN
  • Telephone 0131 229 4922
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 10am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sun 10am–11pm.
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The Forest Café

credit: Swithun Crowe

A volunteer-run arts and event space offering cheap and tasty vegetarian and vegan food.

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With views over Tollcross, this community arts and events space certainly ticks the laid-back, creative box. With mismatched china and decoupage tables, there is a casual yet friendly atmosphere. The vegan chilli is popular, so don't be surprised if they tell you the new batch isn't ready. A 1970s ice-cream bowl full of hummus and zhug (spicy pesto) with warmed pita cheers a wet afternoon washed down with a mug of breakfast tea (a good selection of teas are available). Other options on the chalk board include cheesy beans on toast and burrito with salad. Fine dining it is not, but it’s still decent helpings of honest vegetarian and vegan food served by volunteers, all for a very reasonable price.

The List's rating






Jan Paterson visited The Forest Café on 6 March 2018
  • High point: Tasty vegetarian food
  • Low point: The vibe won't suit everyone
  • Notable dish: Vegan chilli
  • Average price: £6 (lunch); £6 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Electic mix
  • Live entertainment: Varied programme of arts events
  • Capacity: 45
  • Largest group: 20
  • Open since: 2012 (original Forest cafe opened in 2000)
  • BYOB: wine £1.50; beer 65p corkage